Chemistry - Bachelor of Science
The Chemistry Major is a modern and adaptable program. It provides students with the theoretical knowledge and applied laboratory skills necessary to be successful in industry, academia, or professional programs, and culminates with the potential for students to fulfill the requirements to attain the designation of professional chemist (P.Chem.). Students will take introductory coursework in all five major chemistry subdisciplines (analytical, inorganic, physical, organic, and biochemistry), followed by senior-level coursework in a diverse array of modern chemistry fields, including industrial, environmental, geological, green, forensic, materials, and medicinal chemistry. The theoretical knowledge gained from this coursework combined with a robust and practical laboratory program, gives students relevant, hands-on skills and techniques used in modern academic and industrial settings. The requirement of either independent research or an industrial internship solidifies the practical learning experience for our students.
Department of Physical Sciences
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Faculty of Arts and Science, Program Services (Advising)
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Bachelor of Science
Faculty of Arts and Science
The Bachelor of Science (BSc) is a foundational general degree that provides broad and widely applicable knowledge and abilities, rather than a niche specialization. This broad base equips graduates with generalist knowledge and skills that give the flexibility and agility so highly valued in a dynamic world economy. It also gives students a solid foundation from which to specialize in future employment or further schooling.
The degree provides breadth of study across a variety of Arts and Science disciplines, and sets the foundation for later years. The major and minor areas of study allow students to focus and gain in-depth expertise in complementary or entirely disparate disciplines; there is a wide array of possible combinations. Finally, options allow students to explore courses outside their disciplines, or even within their program, and so enhance their diversity of learning. The small classes, close interaction between instructors and students, opportunities for individual study, and faculty with a strong focus on teaching are signature strengths of this program.
General Program Information
The BSc requires students to complete 120 credits of non-duplicative coursework. The BSc emphasizes both breadth and depth and has been designed for exceptional flexibility and customization. Students can complete a major and a minor, a double major, or a major and two minors.
|Earth and Planetary Sciences||-||⦿||-|
Out of Faculty Minors
|Accounting Minor for Arts and Science||⦿|
|Arts and Cultural Management||⦿|
|Digital Experience Design||⦿|
|Finance Minor for Arts and Science||⦿|
|Human Resources Minor for Arts and Science||⦿|
|Marketing Minor for Arts and Science||⦿|
Preparing for Professional Studies
Students intending to enter professional programs at other universities can take their pre-professional programs in the Faculty of Arts and Science at MacEwan University. The university offers the first and second year of a number of pre-professional programs, including chiropractic medicine, dental hygiene, dentistry, medical laboratory science, medicine, optometry, pharmacy and veterinary medicine. All courses taken in these pre-professional programs are credit courses and, as such, they may be applied to any of the degrees offered by MacEwan University.
Students are advised to consult the admissions requirements for the universities and programs of their choice, and to select their MacEwan University courses accordingly. Completion of pre-professional courses at MacEwan University does not guarantee admission to the subsequent professional program. Each professional program requires a separate application and entry is competitive, not automatic.
All Bachelor of Science degrees require Breadth Requirements. Courses can satisfy both the breadth requirements and requirements for the major(s), minor(s), Honours, or options. BIOL, CHEM, EASC, or PHYS courses must include a laboratory component.
|Biological or Earth and Planetary Sciences||BIOL or EASC (not including BIOL 101, BIOL 102, or BIOL 103)||6|
|Chemistry or Physics||CHEM or PHYS||6|
|English||ENGL 102 and 3 credits in university English (not including ENGL 111, ENGL 108, or ENGL 211)||6|
|Humanities||CLAS, COMP, HIST, HUMN, PHIL or a language other than English||6|
|Mathematical Sciences||One of MATH 114, MATH 120, or MATH 125, and 3 credits in MATH, STAT, or CMPT (not including MATH 160, MATH 170, or CMPT 104)||6|
|Social Sciences||ANTH, ECON, LING, POLS, PSYC, or SOCI||6|
Bachelor of Science Degree
|Primary Major||The Science major will range from 42 to 60 credits with a minimum 36 credits taken at the senior-level.1||42-60|
|Secondary Major or Minor(s)||Students have the option of completing a second Science major, or one or two minors. Minor courses must be completed at the senior-level.1||18-60|
|Options||Students can complete up to 15 credits in out-of-faculty options, with no more than 3 credits in physical activity (PACT) courses||Up to 60|
|Total Degree Credits Including Breadth||120|
Multi-disciplinary majors consist of 60-72 junior- and senior-level credits. Students majoring in mathematical or physical sciences may pursue a minor but are not required to do so.
Bachelor of Science Honours
|Minimum Honours Requirements||Honours requirements are determined by each discipline.||63|
|Option Courses, Non-Compulsory Honours Courses, and/or a Minor||Students have the option of completing a minor from outside of the Honours discipline. Some disciplines may require a minor.||57|
|Total Degree Credits Including Breadth||120|
The minimum passing grade for a course at MacEwan University is a D unless otherwise noted next to the appropriate course in the program of study. In the Faculty of Arts and Science, students typically require a minimum grade of C- to use a course as a prerequisite. Please check course descriptions for more information.
The Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Chemistry program requires students to complete 120 credits of non-duplicative coursework. In addition to the Chemistry Major, students will complete one of the following:
- one minor,
- two minors, or
- a secondary Science major
Students are required to complete option courses as well as the major(s) and minor(s). All BSc degrees require Breadth Requirements. Courses can satisfy both the breadth requirements and requirements for the major(s), minor(s), or options.
The Chemistry Major is 48 to 60 credits with a minimum of 39 senior-level CHEM or BICM credits. Students are required to complete a minimum of 12 credits of CHEM or BICM courses at the 300-level, and a minimum of nine credits of CHEM courses at the 400-level. The 400-level CHEM requirement includes CMPT 101 or CMPT 103. Students can use only two independent courses to fulfill the 400-level requirements.
Note: Students majoring in Chemistry are required to complete BIOL 107, MATH 114, MATH 115, STAT 151, and six credits of junior-level Physics from either PHYS 124 and PHYS 126, or PHYS 144 and PHYS 146.
Bachelor of Science - Chemistry Major
|Course ID||Course Name||Credits|
|Specific Major Requirements|
|CHEM 101||Introductory University Chemistry I||3|
|CHEM 102||Introductory University Chemistry II||3|
|CHEM 211||Applied Analytical Chemistry||3|
|CHEM 232||Inorganic Chemistry||3|
|CHEM 242||Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry||3|
|CHEM 261||Organic Chemistry I||3|
|CHEM 263||Organic Chemistry II||3|
|BICM 200||Introductory Biochemistry||3|
|SCIE 201||Scientific Process: From Research Questions to Printed Manuscript||3|
|Choose 3 credits from the following:||3|
|Chemistry Internship Practicum|
|Advanced Independent Study|
|General Major Requirements|
|Choose 18 to 30 credits from the following:||18-30|
Senior-level CHEM, BICM, or PHSC 200
|Secondary Major or Minor(s)|
|Students have the option of completing a second Science major, or one or two minors. Minor courses must be completed at the senior-level.||18-60|
|Students can complete up to 15 credits in out-of-faculty options, with no more than 3 credits in physical activity (PACT) courses.||0-60|
The Chemistry Minor requires 18 senior-level credits with a minimum of six credits at the 300- or 400-level. A maximum of three credits in PHSC may be used.
|Course ID||Course Name||Credits|
|Choose 18 credits from senior-level CHEM; a maximum of 3 credits in PHSC may be used||18|
Students are strongly encouraged to seek advice from the faculty advisors about program planning.
Academic Residency - Credit Requirements
In addition to the academic residency requirements of the University, Bachelor of Science students must complete at MacEwan University:
- A minimum of 24 credits at the senior-level in the major discipline, with 12 of those senior credits completed at the 300- or 400-level. All 400-level requirements are to be completed at MacEwan University.
- If applicable, a minimum of nine credits in a minor at the senior-level, with at least three of those credits completed at the 300- or 400-level.
Courses taken to fulfil the major, minor, or option requirements can also be used to satisfy breadth requirements.
Declaration of a Major and Minor
Students are advised to declare a primary major and minor, or primary major and a secondary major, or a major and two minors by the time they have completed 45 credits. Majors are selected from Science disciplines and consist of 42 to 60 junior- and senior-level credits. Multi-disciplinary majors consist of 60-72 junior- and senior-level credits. With the exception of those students in an Honours program, a maximum of 60 credits may be completed from any one discipline for credit towards the degree. A major and minor cannot be in the same discipline and students may not declare more than one out-of-faculty minor. Students can re-declare their major(s) and/or minor(s) if required.
For students completing multiple majors or minors, the Faculty cannot guarantee a schedule of classes that will permit students to complete their degree in eight consecutive fall and winter semesters. Furthermore, depending on the courses in which a student enrols, meeting the requirements of a double major may require the completion of more than 120 credits for graduation. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with a program advisor in the Program Services Office in the Faculty of Arts and Science and a discipline advisor in their major and minor prior to this declaration. Students majoring in mathematical or physical sciences may pursue a minor but are not required to do so.
Graduation Grade Point Average
As part of the Graduation Grade Point Average regulation above, Bachelor of Science students must obtain an overall GGPA of 2.0 or higher, with a minimum GPA of 2.0 on all courses credited toward the major(s) and a minimum GPA of 2.0 on all courses credited toward the minor(s).
Graduation requirements are governed by the date on which a student declares their major(s) and minor(s). Students who declare their major(s) and minor(s) up to and including February 15 are bound by the requirements of the current academic year. Those students who declare after this date are bound by the programs of study and degree requirements of the upcoming academic year as published in the MacEwan Academic Calendar.
Junior - and Senior-Level Courses
Courses numbered from 100 to 199 are considered junior-level and courses numbered from 200 to 499 are considered senior-level.
Major or Minor 300- and 400- Level Requirements
The 300- and 400-level requirements in the major or minor cannot consist solely of project, field placement, and/or individual study courses.
Maximum Independent Courses
The maximum number of credits for independent work (project, field placement, and/or individual study courses) excluding the Honours Thesis, is 15 credits. Specific disciplines may have further restrictions.
Maximum Junior-Level Courses
A maximum of 48 credits at the 100-level are permitted in completion of the B.Sc. degree. Additional courses at the 100-level are extra to the 120 credits required to complete the B.Sc. degree and will not be counted toward fulfilment of graduation requirements.
Minimum Science Courses
Students are required to complete successfully a minimum of 72 total credits from Science courses.
Minimum Passing Grade
A minimum grade of D is required for all Science degree courses unless otherwise noted next to the appropriate course in the program of study.
Minimum Transfer Grade for Credit
A minimum grade of D is required on any transfer credit granted for the program. Arts and Science courses require a minimum grade of C- when the course is used as a prerequisite. Transfer credit decisions made by the university are final and cannot be appealed.
Out-of-Faculty Options Requirements
Degree options may include a maximum of 15 credits from courses offered by a Faculty or School other than Arts and Science except for those students completing an out-of-faculty minor or those who have met the minor requirements with a diploma. These students must complete their degree options from courses offered within the Faculty of Arts and Science.
Progression of Studies
Students are responsible for ensuring they meet the prerequisite and/or co-requisite requirements as noted on all courses that may fulfill Bachelor of Science program requirements.
The Honours program of study consists of 63 to 84 credits as determined by the discipline. Students in the Honours program may choose to complete a minor outside of the Honours discipline. Some disciplines may require a minor.
Students accepted into an Honours program must complete 24-credits in each twelve consecutive months they are in the program. Exceptions to this rule may occur with the approval of the Honours discipline advisor.
Grade Point Average
Students accepted and enrolled in the Science Honours program must maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0. As well, students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.3 across a set of courses designated by each discipline for each twelve consecutive months following acceptance into the Honours program. Failure to do so will result in the student’s program status reverting to BSc with a major in the previous Honours discipline.
Graduation Grade Point Average
In order to graduate, students must obtain an overall GGPA of 3.0 or higher, with a minimum GPA of 3.3 on all courses credited toward the Honours program of study.
Additional Degree Regulations - Subsequent Baccalaureate
In addition to meeting the degree regulations listed above, students who already hold a baccalaureate degree must satisfy the provisions of policies pertaining to subsequent baccalaureate credentials.
Introductory University Chemistry I
This course serves as a foundation for all subsequent chemistry courses. Atomic properties as they relate to the periodic table are considered, along with quantum mechanics for hydrogen-like orbitals and electron configurations. The course provides an introduction to bonding theories as they apply to the stability, molecular geometry and intermolecular interactions of atomic, ionic and molecular species. Topics include chemical nomenclature, stoichiometry, classification of chemical reactivity, gases (both ideal and real) and thermochemistry. Note: Credit may be obtained in only one of CHEM 101 or CHME 103.
Prerequisites: Chemistry 30.
Introductory University Chemistry II
This course emphasizes the importance of chemical equilibrium as it applies to gases, acids and bases, solubility and precipitation reactions and complex ion formation. Also studied are kinetics (rates of reactions, differential and integrated rate laws, the Arrhenius equation), catalysts, thermodynamics (spontaneity, entropy, free energy), and electrochemistry (balancing redox reactions, calculating standard and non-standard cell potentials), with emphasis on some practical applications related to batteries, corrosion and industrial processes. A special topic, selected by the instructor, is covered if time permits. Note: Credit may only be obtained in one of CHEM 102 or CHME 105.
Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in CHEM 101.
Applied Analytical Chemistry
This course surveys the principles, methods, and experimental applications of classical analytical chemistry, emphasizing solution phase equilibria, titrimetry, volumetric laboratory skills, and the evaluation of experimental data. This course includes real life examples of organic and inorganic analysis and analytical chemistry literature. Students are introduced to principles, methods, and experimental applications of separation techniques, atomic and molecular spectrometry, potentiometry, and the evaluation of experimental data.
This course examines the bonding models used for inorganic compounds (main group and transition metal elements). Reactivity patterns of inorganic compounds are considered to gain an understanding of the role of thermodynamics and kinetics in their preparation and reactivity. Physical methods that are used to characterize inorganic compounds are discussed. The relevance and importance of inorganic compounds in the environment, industry and biology are emphasized.
Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in CHEM 102.
Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry
This course is about the use of methods to design experiments, analyze measured data, and devise quantitative models in chemistry. These models are applied to explain observations, to optimize experimental conditions, and to predict and control the direction, extent and rate of physicochemical processes. Internal energy, enthalpy, entropy and free energy functions are applied to perform the materials and energy balances of reactions, phase transitions, transport of matter, and coupled processes thereof. Focus is placed on nonequilibrium and steady-state processes. The laws of energy conservation, entropy production, and equilibrium are applied to phenomena occurring inside systems consisting of several components and phases. Fundamentals cover the methods to determine the kinetic parameters and mechanism of chemical reactions.
Organic Chemistry I
This course covers the molecular structure and reactivity of organic compounds based on their functional groups and is intended for students who have obtained at least three credits in Introductory University Chemistry. The course provides an introduction to nomenclature, three dimensional structure and physical properties of organic compounds as well as reaction mechanisms and infrared spectroscopy. Although most organic functional groups are discussed, the focus is on the chemistry of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes and alkyl halides. Mechanisms of nucleophilic substitution and elimination reactions of alkyl halides are discussed.
Organic Chemistry II
The nomenclature, structure, physical properties, synthesis and selected reactions of the basic functional groups in organic chemistry are discussed. Functional groups covered include alkenes, alkynes, aromatic compounds, alcohols, phenols, ethers, aldehydes, ketones, amines, carboxylic acids and carboxylic acid derivatives. The presence of these functional groups in natural products is emphasized. The application of spectroscopic methods for structure determination in simple organic molecules is discussed.
Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in CHEM 164 or in CHEM 261.
Advanced Chemical Analysis
This course discusses instrumentation and analytical applications of spectroscopic, chromatographic, and electroanalytical methods. The theory governing each analytical technique and its advantages and disadvantages are discussed. Emphasis is placed on choosing the appropriate method for a particular analysis.
Introduction to Geochemistry
This course provides an introduction to the interdisciplinary science of geochemistry. The first part of the course examines our home planet from a geochemical perspective and includes formation of the Earth and our solar system, the origin of the elements and their distribution within the Earth, and evolution of the crust, mantle and core. An introduction to the essential geochemical tools of thermodynamics and kinetics, isotope geochemistry and trace element geochemistry is also provided. The second part of the course examines the geochemistry of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks and covers topics as diverse as the melting and crystallization of rocks to the contamination of our water supplies and the stability of carbonates in our oceans. Note: Credit can only be obtained in one of CHEM 320 or EASC 320.
Introduction to Biogeochemistry
Biogeochemistry is the study of the chemical, physical, geological, and biological processes and reactions that govern planet Earth. This course provides an introduction to the discipline, focusing on the exchange of energy and elements between the biosphere and the geosphere. The fundamental components of the Earth’s system are examined, including the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and geosphere, alongside their evolutionary histories and linkages. Topics include the principle biogeochemical cycles, such as the carbon, sulfur, and nitrogen cycles, and their histories. These cycles are assessed in the context of recent environmental and climate change driven by anthropogenic activities. This course incorporates a multitude of disciplines, spanning geology, chemistry, biology, and environmental science. Note: Credit cannot be obtained in both CHEM 322 and EASC 322.
This course surveys the basic principles of the organometallic chemistry as they apply to metals of the d-block elements and main group metals. Topics include a survey of ligands and coordination chemistry/geometry of transition metals and main group metals. The properties and reactions of organometallic complexes, and applications of organotransition metal compounds in catalysis, organic synthesis, bioinorganic chemistry and medicinal chemistry are reviewed.
This course is about the relationships among processing, structure, properties, performance, applications and sustainability of materials. It covers the materials classed as metal alloys, crystals, glasses, ceramics, plastics and composites. It examines the structural assembling of materials at the macroscopic, microscopic, nanoscopic and atomistic scales of size. The interatomic and intermolecular bonding at play in the assembling of such structures is analyzed. How mechanical, optical, electrical, surface, bonding and catalytic properties arise from the structural assemblage is discussed. Emphasis is placed on the methods of processing chemical substances to manufacture materials with desired structure and properties, as well as on integration of materials in technological devices.
This course examines the theory and practice of forensic chemistry. The course focuses on chemical analytical techniques used for the detection, identification, and comparison of forensic evidence such as illicit drugs, poisons, gunshot residues, fire accelerants, and explosives. The theory of a variety of analytical techniques along with their scope and limitations is embedded in this discussion. The practical application of these techniques is considered with reference to appropriate examples and forensic case studies. This is further reinforced in the laboratory, where students will gain hands-on experience in the use of a range of analytical techniques for the investigation of simulated crime scenarios. The structure and function of forensic chemistry laboratory services and the key issues of cross-contamination and laboratory quality control and quality assurance will be examined.
Advanced Organic Chemistry
This course is designed to build upon the concepts introduced in Chemistry 261 and Chemistry 263, offering a more advanced and sophisticated insight into the physical properties and chemical reactions of organic compounds. A focal point will be the chemistry of carbonyl compounds. Mechanistic and multistep synthesis approaches will be emphasized.
Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in CHEM 263.
Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry
Students will be introduced to pharmaceutical drug discovery and the pivotal role played by chemistry. The principles and processes involved in modern drug design and development are presented and, throughout, are emphasized by reference to compounds in current clinical usage. Particular emphasis is placed on cancer therapeutics and antiviral agents. Recent advances in the use of computational and combinatorial chemistry in drug design are discussed.
Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in CHEM 263.
The chemistry of natural environmental process and the impact of anthropogenic activity on those processes will be examined. Topics include atmospheric chemistry, including photochemical reactions, ozone depletion and urban air pollution; aquatic chemistry, including complex equilibria, buffering, and oxidation and reduction; and an introduction to sources and fate of organic and inorganic pollutants. In the laboratory, students will gain hands on experience in common methods of environmental testing and remediation. Note: Credit cannot be received for both CHEM 270 and CHEM 372.
Process and Flow Chemistry
This course provides an introduction and training in the different types of chemical and physical methods, and equipment that may be employed in process and flow chemistry. The use and installation of process analytical technology/chemistry is also explored. On-line and in-line monitoring of chemical processes is strongly emphasized, both in the lecture and the laboratory environment.
This course focuses on the practical aspects of preparing samples for analysis, collecting and analyzing data, and characterizing organic, inorganic and biological compounds. Methods are explored from a theoretical and practical perspective and include X-ray crystallography, ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, and nuclear magnetic resonance. Note: Credit cannot be obtained for both CHEM 291 and CHEM 391.
Prerequisites: A minimum grade of C- in CHEM 261.
This course permits an intermediate-level student to work with a faculty member to explore a specific topic in depth through research or through directed reading in primary and secondary sources. The student plans, executes and reports the results of their research or study project under the direction of a faculty supervisor. To be granted enrollment in the course, the student must have made prior arrangements with a faculty member willing to supervise his or her project. This course can be taken twice for credit.
An introduction to the principles and practice of industrial chemistry with a special emphasis on modern and emerging processes. Selected industrial processes will be discussed, such as production of primary petrochemicals and their associated secondary products, including plastics, pharmaceuticals, dyes, perfumes, and pesticides. Plant design, catalysis, and pollution control will be emphasized, with insights from the principles of green and environmental chemistry. This course will include presentations by industrial chemists, and optional tours of chemical plants and industrial laboratories.
Prerequisites: A minimum grade of C- in any 300-level CHEM course.
This introduction to molecular modelling deals with the application of quantum mechanical methods to compute structural models, molecular and bulk properties of matter, and the mechanisms by which molecules interact and react. Students use up-to-date software to build, render and visualize molecular structures generated with wave function and density functional methods; to compute molecular properties and spectra of substances; to design reaction mechanisms of uncatalyzed and catalyzed reactions, and to compute their associated rate constants. Students devise structural and computational models for acid-base, redox, enzyme and surface reactions relevant to life, environment and technology.
Prerequisites: A minimum grade of C- in CHEM 342.
Soft Matter Chemistry
This course is about the spontaneous formation, preparation, properties, stability, and applications of soft matter. It focuses on the complex and easily deformable structures that emerge in between atomic and macroscopic length scales in solutions of polymers and surfactants, colloids, liquid crystals, granular and soft biological matter. It examines the physical mechanisms of structural assembling and self-organization of molecules to form thin films, micelles, lipid bilayers, vesicles and liposomes under the action of intermolecular and surface forces. Topics include surfaces, charged interfaces, effects of surface tension and curvature on capillarity and wetting, optical, electrokinetic, flow and rheological properties. Emphasis is placed on the applications of soft matter phenomena in petroleum, pharmaceutical, cosmetics and food technologies and products.
Prerequisites: A minimum grade of C- in CHEM 342.
Advanced Synthetic Medicinal Chemistry
This advanced medicinal chemistry course examines the application of organic chemistry in the design and synthesis of small-molecule drugs. Students will utilize the principles of the drug discovery process to identify targets for pharmaceutical development and gain an in-depth understanding on how to chemically modify a drug through each stage of the development process. Emphasis will be placed on examining the structure-activity relationship between molecules and their targets, drug delivery, drug modes of action, and the fate of drugs once inside the body.
This course provides a comprehensive review of current research and practice in the field of modern catalysis. The topics covered include, catalytic design, catalysis and energy, chemical transformations, biocatalysts, and environmental catalysts. The mechanisms by which enzymes operate in living matter and the use of both organic and inorganic catalysts by the chemical industry for the production of bulk chemicals, fine chemicals and fuels will be covered.
Prerequisites: A minimum grade of C- in CHEM 333.
Advanced Environmental Chemistry
This course presents an advanced study of anthropogenic pollutants in the environment. Fate and transport processes of legacy and emerging anthropogenic pollutants, including important physio-chemical processes, such as partitioning, hydrolysis, photolysis and biotransformation, are discussed on both a local and global scale. Understanding of these processes is applied in the context of environmental modeling. In the laboratory, students gain hands on experience with the techniques used to determine the environmental fates of pollutants via investigations of their physio-chemical properties. Credit cannot be received for both CHEM 370 and CHEM 472.
Environmental Analytical Chemistry
Students will learn the theory and develop practical skills in the quantitative and qualitative analysis of chemicals in the environment. Proper procedures for environmental sampling design will be discussed, followed by a detailed treatment of environmental sampling, extraction, and cleanup techniques. The theory and application of modern analytical techniques will be discussed in the context of environmental monitoring. In the laboratory, students will design and carry out field-based measurements and apply lecture material in a practical setting.
Sustainable and Green Chemistry
This course introduces Green Chemistry and examines industrial sources of contaminants and the modification of industrial processes to minimize environmental impact. In addition, the course reviews industrial waste management, control, and treatment. Students will gain an understanding of modern green chemistry which considers both the application and use of the 12 principles of green chemistry and life cycle analysis. In this regard, both the advantages and limitations of the various green chemistry approaches will be examined.
Prerequisites: A minimum grade of C- in any 300-level CHEM course and permission of the department.
This course involves reading, discussing and critically evaluating current research on specialized topics in chemistry. Topics covered vary with the interests of students and faculty. Students should consult with faculty members in the Department of Physical Sciences for details regarding current offerings. Note: This course is intended for students in the final year of their degree. This course may be taken up to two times for credit.
Prerequisites: A minimum grade of B- in a 300-level CHEM course and permission of the department.
Techniques in Applied Laboratory Chemistry
This is a laboratory-based course focusing on techniques utilized in a research or industrial laboratory setting. Students will gain an understanding of the theory and application of modern experimental methods and build practical skills through project-based applications. The specific topics covered will vary with the interests of the faculty member teaching the course, and students should consult with the Department of Physical Sciences for details regarding current offerings. Note: This course may be taken up to two times, provided the topic of the course is different.
Prerequisites: A minimum grade of B- in a 300-level chemistry course and consent of the department.
Chemistry Internship Practicum
This course provides students with practical experience in a chemistry related work environment. Students engage in work integrated learning through employment or internship at a chemistry-related industry. Students learn in practice the professional aspects (work and ethics) of a chemist. At the end of the placement, students provide a presentation to demonstrate the learning accomplished. The contact hours are a minimum of 90 hours but can involve more depending on the placement. This course may be taken two times for credit. All placements require departmental approval.
Prerequisites: A minimum grade of C- in 6 credits of any 300 level CHEM courses and consent of the Department.
Advanced Independent Study
This course permits a senior-level student to work with a faculty member to explore a specific topic in depth through research or through directed reading in primary and secondary sources. The student plans, executes and reports the results of their research or study project under the direction of a faculty supervisor. To be granted enrollment in the course, the student must have made prior arrangements with a faculty member willing to supervise his or her project. This course can be taken twice for credit.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate a mastery of the underlying concepts, principles, and applications of the fundamental subdisciplines of chemistry (analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry).
- Independently apply analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills to address chemistry-related problems.
- Demonstrate proficiency in the use of standard laboratory equipment and classical laboratory techniques, and demonstrate knowledge in the use, theory, and application of modern chemistry laboratory techniques and instrumentation.
- Design and perform experiments in a range of chemistry fields; independently interpret, critically assess and communicate the results of experiments; synthesize and integrate current research into the design and interpretation of experiments.
- Perform experiments utilizing chemistry laboratory best practices, including laboratory safety and safe chemical handling, laboratory quality assurance and quality control procedures, and legal and ethical issues in chemistry.
- Prepare and present the results of experiments in a variety of formats (oral and written), such that the results are meaningful and can be understood by audiences with a broad range of backgrounds.
- Use modern information resources to gather and evaluate relevant chemical information and chemistry related research.
- Explain, describe, and assess the role and applications of chemistry in modern society.
- Effectively integrate and appropriately apply previous learning and knowledge to make and justify decisions in a real-world context outside of the classroom.